Yesterday, a woman who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
(AAGPBL) stopped in the store where my husband works.
They got to talking, and she signed a baseball card for him, which he gave to me.
The AAGPBL started in 1943 in Chicago to keep ballparks in business, as young men (and potential fan favorites) were being drafted into the military. Cities in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin had teams. Players wore skirted uniforms and, in the first few years, attended charm school at night.
Before I show you this player’s card, can you guess who she is?
She signed in 1948 with the Springfield Sallies, left briefly, then returned in 1951 to the Fort Wayne Daisies. She was the winning pitcher against the Rockford Peaches to give the Daisies their first pennant in 1952. Bonus hint: She’s in this Sallies team photo
and this Daisies photo
Click Comments to make a guess. I'll post the card on Monday.
Was your relative in the AAGPBL? Start your search at the league Web site
, try local newspapers and check the Northern Indiana Center for History